Here's some math that's bound to end in disappointment. According to a survey, 60 percent of pregnant soon-to-be moms are expecting a Mother's Day present. But 60 percent of soon-to-be dads have no clue they should be ordering flowers and charm bracelets right at this exact moment. Oh no, where did this expectation even come from?
Should we blame push presents? I guess if you're gestating a human being you're bound to be experiencing the first stirrings of maternal feelings. And you're already thinking of yourself as a mother, even if you're not quite there yet. So can you blame a woman for wanting to join in the Mother's Day fun a little early?
I admit, I probably would have been one of those women with her hand outstretched while pregnant. Why? BECAUSE I LOVE PRESENTS, OBVIOUSLY. If there's an excuse out there in the world for someone to give me something pretty I will take advantage of it. But through a fluke of timing it didn't quite work out for me. I conceived in April and didn't find out until very early May -- and I can't remember if it was before or after Mother's Day. Regardless, even if I knew I was probably still in "OMG, I'm pregnant!" mode and didn't even think about Mother's Day.
On the other hand, is there a dark side to pregnant Mother's Day gifts? What if you have a miscarriage? What if there are complications during labor? Not to be pessimistic, but maybe there's a good reason not to claim that Mother's Day quite so early.
Still, it sounds like a sweet idea. I don't really think of Mother's Day as something you "earn." And I understand while some moms actively hate the day. But giving a mom-to-be a gift would be a sweet gesture that just says, "I'm excited about what's to come." Because you ARE!
Do you think first-time pregnant women should expect presents on Mother's Day?
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